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The 3-5-2 formation is why certain players were signed in the first place. It hasn't been popular or successful save for one game. The decision to build a squad around it is what kicked off this shite.
I know. Awful stuff, just wonder if a complete change of approach for the final 2 games might somehow fucking magic up a result. No logic behind it, much like those signings. Remember when we signed Fez? I think most of us were delighted. We signed that husk.

Remember the day after we signed Hippo? Much bemusement and confusion.

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15 hours ago, DA Baracus said:

Lets not get big baws about it.

We should aim to be challenging for the league title, but it shouldn't be a given that we always will just because we have a decent number of season ticket holders. 

We need to endeavour to be deserving of the top spot, not expecting it because lots of fans pay in to a fund etc.

Hopkin would be a decent appointment and I think would be welcomed by most fans. I'd agree that we need to bring in a new management team and the search should start as soon as safety is confirmed (if it is!).

I wasn't suggesting that tbf. What I was suggesting is the fact we get big numbers we shouldn't just be sitting back accepting poor relegation battling seasons. We should be making our voices heard instead of sitting on our hands. As I said previously, if St Mirren can do it (and even fucking Livingston for God's sake) then we most certainly can. 

As a Pars fan, I expect us to be challenging for the title every season. I don't think that is too much to ask given us and Dundee United are the biggest teams in the league (fair enough this season we've had to deal with County who have a sugar daddy bankrolling them). 

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2 minutes ago, DAFC. said:

I wasn't suggesting that tbf. What I was suggesting is the fact we get big numbers we shouldn't just be sitting back accepting poor relegation battling seasons. We should be making our voices heard instead of sitting on our hands. As I said previously, if St Mirren can do it (and even fucking Livingston for God's sake) then we most certainly can. 

As a Pars fan, I expect us to be challenging for the title every season. I don't think that is too much to ask given us and Dundee United are the biggest teams in the league (fair enough this season we've had to deal with County who have a sugar daddy bankrolling them). 

This is the first season in many years we've been 'battling' relegation. Since the last time we were relegated in fact. Our history has shown that we will always have a season like this every now and again. I don't see anyone accepting it. Not sure what you think we should all be doing?

I think it is too much to expect to be challenging for the title every single season,. I think it's fine to hope and want it, and to aim for it, but not expect it, as there will always be times when it won't happen. No idea why which team is 'biggest' comes in to it, as at this level the difference between many teams is small. How are we 'bigger' than Falkirk, Inverness, Partick Thistle and Ross County for example? Because we won some games in the 60s and have a few more season ticket holders this year?

The whole nonsense about which team is 'bigger' is daft and needs binned by all. We need to earn things and work for them instead of expecting them.

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5 hours ago, Stellaboz said:
5 hours ago, Grant228 said:
We changed it a couple of times against QoTS tbf. 

Didn't seem to work whatever they did. We've not won coming from a losing position all season have we? Fucking summer recruitment was abysmal, that's the main problem and was commented at the time.

The tactical change after the first half hour helped change the game in the sense it stopped QoTS absolutely pumping us. They were simply more fired up and wanted the game more, they looked like a team battling against relegation and we looked like a team thinking we were safe. 

We looked threatening by the end and carved out a few chances but it was far to late. 

1 hour ago, DA Baracus said:

:lol:

The 3-5-2 formation is why certain players were signed in the first place. It hasn't been popular or successful save for one game. The decision to build a squad around it is what kicked off this shite.

A hundred times this. 

 

 

With the reference to us doing nothing about Penrice did we not bring on Williamson to double up on the right to try and negate his threat? 

 

Part of the reason I'm willing to give Crawford time is that you can see what he's trying to achieve with his changes in formation and subs, hopefully with a summer of signing players to fit a system he wants to play things will improve. 

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14 hours ago, Grant228 said:

Don't think Hopkin would be the quick fix people are thinking he would be, he got relegated with Livi and has had a shocking spell at Bradford? Neither him or Goodwin give me that glowing feeling when it comes to the major rebuild we need. 

Don't think Pep Guardiola will be available tbh.

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17 hours ago, Grant228 said:

Don't think Hopkin would be the quick fix people are thinking he would be, he got relegated with Livi and has had a shocking spell at Bradford? Neither him or Goodwin give me that glowing feeling when it comes to the major rebuild we need. 

I type this with slight trepidation but you *do* get a glowing feeling when you think of Stevie Crawford being in charge of a summer rebuild?

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49 minutes ago, Poet of the Macabre said:

I type this with slight trepidation but you *do* get a glowing feeling when you think of Stevie Crawford being in charge of a summer rebuild?

I'm willing to give it a chance in the same way I'd give any other manager a chance, I don't think his time so far is enough to condemn him to being a dog shite manager, he's got far more going for him than what Potter did. 

Hopkin for Livingston for example wasn't an instant success either, I'm quite willing and can see the logic behind giving Crawford the summer to build the squad in the shape he wants us to play. 

We currently have one fit competent striker for this league, who would undoubtedly be muire suited to having a more attack minded team to help out yet we have a defence which needs a team set up stuffily to help it out with a midfield which doesn't have any width. We're in a bad place in that regards and I can absolutely see why we've been dogshite to watch. Our midfield last Saturday was possibly the weakest we've lined up with in years and yet looking at the bench are there any different permutations that you reckon would have made us better? 

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I certainly wouldn’t have stuck with Faissal for so long this season. Hippolite may get criticised but he offers a far greater goal threat and physical presence. In the middle there’s not a lot he can do but Blair clearly shouldn’t be played there. Craigen and Vincent or perhaps a centre half could do a job in the same way we have used Martin or Dowie before? I would say that Devine looks decent on the ball at least and further up if he does mess up it won’t lead to a goal.

We have four wingers yet fail to use any width, Crawford is to blame for not trying this. We must get to the byeline and get balls in. 

I think he would do better with better players but it’s actually worse now than under AJ.

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2 minutes ago, D.A.F.C said:

I certainly wouldn’t have stuck with Faissal for so long this season. Hippolite may get criticised but he offers a far greater goal threat and physical presence. In the middle there’s not a lot he can do but Blair clearly shouldn’t be played there. Craigen and Vincent or perhaps a centre half could do a job in the same way we have used Martin or Dowie before? I would say that Devine looks decent on the ball at least and further up if he does mess up it won’t lead to a goal.

We have four wingers yet fail to use any width, Crawford is to blame for not trying this. We must get to the byeline and get balls in. 

I think he would do better with better players but it’s actually worse now than under AJ.

I'd agree on  Hyppo. 

You play Craigan in midfield and you're then left with Williamson at right back where he's been very, very poor. Devine may be OK on the ball but he's absolutely brutal at reading a game defensively, that would only be exposed further up the pitch. 

What four wingers do we have? On Saturday we had Longridge, Higginbothom, Faissal, Hyppo and Craigan all have a shot out wide, not one of them wants to play as a traditional winger and most of them (I'd argue all) simply aren't good enough. 

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Higgy has previously done well as a wide player but he's so inconsistent. Except this season, consistently shit

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2 hours ago, Stellaboz said:

Higgy has previously done well as a wide player but he's so inconsistent. Except this season, consistently shit

Not disagreeing with any of that. However when he came on as sub on Saturday he was the only one who looked like he gave a f**k.

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I'm willing to give it a chance in the same way I'd give any other manager a chance, I don't think his time so far is enough to condemn him to being a dog shite manager, he's got far more going for him than what Potter did. 
Hopkin for Livingston for example wasn't an instant success either, I'm quite willing and can see the logic behind giving Crawford the summer to build the squad in the shape he wants us to play. 
We currently have one fit competent striker for this league, who would undoubtedly be muire suited to having a more attack minded team to help out yet we have a defence which needs a team set up stuffily to help it out with a midfield which doesn't have any width. We're in a bad place in that regards and I can absolutely see why we've been dogshite to watch. Our midfield last Saturday was possibly the weakest we've lined up with in years and yet looking at the bench are there any different permutations that you reckon would have made us better? 


From what I’ve seen we’ve been terrible to watch and have racked up a series of terrible results. I can understand the argument that it might be unfair to blame that on Crawford but that also means he’s doing nothing to improve it.

I know you’ll blame that fully on the players or AJ but I’d hope that a competent coach would be able to improve things at least a little and we are just as bad now as we ever were under AJ.

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I have no idea if I want Crawford to take us forward - the fact that he said if Dunfermline called he would come is such a dreamy thing to happen in modern football it would be a real shame if in face we called but then wanted rid of him. I agree that this club needs a clear our far too many poor players and I think with decent recruitment we could do far better next season. The only thing I would add is that it looks like we have dodged a massive bullet by Airds agent talking him up to Dundee United.

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I have no idea if I want Crawford to take us forward - the fact that he said if Dunfermline called he would come is such a dreamy thing to happen in modern football it would be a real shame if in face we called but then wanted rid of him. I agree that this club needs a clear our far too many poor players and I think with decent recruitment we could do far better next season. The only thing I would add is that it looks like we have dodged a massive bullet by Airds agent talking him up to Dundee United.


I think he came into the club knowing he’d have a great shout at getting the job if AJ left. That’s not a criticism either; makes sense for his career.

If he does get the chance to overhaul the squad then he’ll still need to get off to a good start next season. Pars fans are fairly loyal so ST sales might hold up but I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s more of a struggle than normal.

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I just don't know what to think about Crawford. I think everyone wants him and Shields to be the dream team, giving the youth an opportunity and getting the fans back on side.

I can't see the budget being there for a full overhaul and the competition for the types of players we need (a goalscoring striker, a creative midfielder and a compotent centre back) means we will struggle to attract better players than what we've already got on paper. What we need is a manager who can manage games, motivate and get the best out of average players. He really hasn't shown he can do that.

Edited by TheFinalCountdown

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There is no way Crawford should be given the job. He's clearly out his depth. 

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As soon as we are (hopefully) safe we should open up applications for the job. There is no harm in seeing who applies, I don't hold out much hope for Crawford to turn things around next season if he remains in charge.

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